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Traffic Costs Tennessee Cities More than $1.1 Billion Annually

Jul. 25, 2017—Traffic congestion in Tennessee’s four largest cities ranks in the worst half of the nation and costs Tennessee more than $1.1 billion annually, according to a new report gathered by nonpartisan think tank ThinkTennessee. Using data from the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard, ThinkTennessee found that Nashville drivers spend nearly a full work week (33.6 hours) sitting...

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TIPs funding awarded to 15 innovative interdisciplinary projects

Jul. 18, 2017—The 2017 recipients of Vanderbilt University’s Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) initiative,15 exciting interdisciplinary concepts, include an initiative related to understanding climate change effects. These research projects bring together more than 140 faculty members with graduate and undergraduate students from all 10 schools and colleges, creating multifaceted teams to approach complex challenges. “This innovative, cross-campus approach that creates...

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Remember to power down before leaving for extended periods this summer!

Jun. 29, 2017—Don’t forget to power down before you leave the office or your home for any extended period this summer, especially with hot temperatures. The planet, and your energy bill, will thank you for it. Here are some things you can do to help conserve energy while you are away: Set thermostat settings to 76-78 degrees...

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Web-based tool will help government realistically plan for climate change

Jun. 5, 2017—Read the Research News @ Vanderbilt story here.  Life beside the Mississippi River always came with some uncertainty about the safety of homes, crops and city streets. Residents looked at flood maps based on historical data and chose their sites, built their levies and bridge footings and kept a wary eye on the river stages....

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Climate change took away ancient animals’ food supply; holds implications for today’s wildlife

Jun. 5, 2017—Read the Research News @ Vanderbilt story here. During the last Ice Age, Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea formed a single landmass. It was a strange and often hostile place populated by a bizarre cast of giant animals – massive kangaroos and others claimed in a global mass extinction 30,000 years ago. Researchers argue what...

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Expert: Private industry, better messaging can help overcome damage from Paris withdrawal

Jun. 5, 2017—Read the Research News @ Vanderbilt story here. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement phases out U.S. commitments to achieve carbon reduction targets and make financial contributions to slow climate change. It was a move environmentalists found disappointing, at best. But Vanderbilt University law and...

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Donation and recycling options expanded on campus April 20 to May 13 for Earth Friendly Move Out

May. 1, 2017—Read the MyVU story here. Just in time for student move-out and spring cleaning your office, donation and recycling locations on campus will be expanded from April 20 to May 13. Earth Friendly Move Out donation and recycling locations will be available until May 6 on the Ingram Commons campus until May 13 on main...

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Celebrate Bike Month in May

Apr. 28, 2017—May is Nashville Bike Month, and there are plenty of opportunities to strap on a helmet and get on your bike! Biking is a green, cost-effective way to get around town while getting some exercise! If you need some pointers on biking and bike maintenance, there are two classes happening on campus this month. The...

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Campus learns about land use plan at FutureVU Expo

Apr. 20, 2017—Read the MyVU story here. More than 800 students, staff, faculty and others stopped by the Wond’ry April 19 to learn about FutureVU, Vanderbilt’s campus land use planning initiative, and how the university’s built environment might change over the next 20-30 years. The FutureVU Expo featured interactive exhibits—including posters, diagrams, historic and current photographs, maps...

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Transit Now events scheduled for April

Apr. 12, 2017—Read the MyVU story here. Did you take the bus Friday? Take the Bus to Work Day was kicked off by a chilly but beautiful morning Friday, April 7. The Vanderbilt University Human Resources volunteer team helped hand out “I took the bus today!” buttons at the MTA bus stops along West End Avenue and...

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Climate Science Myth Busters Seminar

Apr. 10, 2017—Join the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering April 12 at 3:10pm in Featheringill Hall 134 for a seminar by Dr. Jonathan Gilligan: Climate Science Myth Busters. There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding climate change. Dr. Jonathan Gilligan will present on the state of climate science and answer questions such as: Is...

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FutureVU Expo slated for April 19

Apr. 6, 2017—Read the MyVU story here. Students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to explore FutureVU, Vanderbilt’s campus land use planning initiative, during a multimedia event on Wednesday, April 19. The FutureVU Expo at the Wond’ry is scheduled from 2:30 to 6 p.m. All members of the Vanderbilt community are invited to attend and learn...

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Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day with VU’s new recycling system

Mar. 15, 2017—Vanderbilt is going a little greener this St. Patrick’s Day by making recycling on campus even easier! Starting St. Patrick’s Day, recycling on campus will begin switching over to dual-stream recycling, which makes recycling easier for you! Currently, recycling on campus is separated into plastic, aluminum, and paper. The new dual-stream recycling will combine plastic...

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Printing Services wins 2017 Basketball “Greenest Group on Campus” award

Feb. 24, 2017—Vanderbilt Printing Services has been named winner of the 2017 Vanderbilt basketball sustainability competition. The group celebrated their title of “greenest group on campus” at the Vanderbilt vs. Texas A&M February 16 game with a catered VIP event, tickets to the game, an autographed basketball from Coach Bryce Drew, and an on-court award ceremony during...

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Gilligan, Vandenbergh win Morrison Prize for climate change article

Feb. 21, 2017—Read the Vanderbilt News story here. Research examining the role that private governance can play in bypassing government gridlock on climate change has earned a pair of Vanderbilt University professors this year’s $10,000 Morrison Prize, which recognizes the most impactful sustainability-related legal academic article published in North America during the previous year. Michael P. Vandenbergh...

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